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Are you ready to laugh out loud at the witty and hilarious antics of Jack, Algernon, Gwendolen, and Cecily? Do you want to witness the ultimate battle of the sexes between Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism? Do you enjoy cucumber sandwiches, muffins, and tea?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you don’t want to miss Barnstorm’s production of *The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde*, the most brilliant comedy ever written. This play is part of the Curriculum Play Live series, which brings to life the texts that Junior Cert students are studying for their exams. It is a great opportunity for students to see the characters, themes, and language of the play in action, and to have fun while learning.

The play will run from Wednesday 28th February 2024 to Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 8pm Wed–Fri-Sat.

There will also be matinees on Thurs 29th February 2024 and Fri 1st March 2024 at 10.30 am for schools and groups.

Tickets are €17; €15 concession.

School group tickets are only €12 per person (teachers go free).

You can book online

or call the Watergate Theatre on 056 7761674.

Barnstorm Theatre Company in Kilkenny City will launch its latest world-premiere at the Watergate Theatre this October.

Noah Barleywater Runs Away is the world premiere of a truly exciting theatre piece which has been adapted by internationally renowned playwright Mike Kenny from John Boyne’s novel of the same name.

The book explores the world of childhood and the adventures that we can all have there. Noah is running away from his problems, or at least that’s what he thinks, the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he’s not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, and wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever. This is a thought-provoking fable for our modern world from the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

School performances for this magical play are from Monday 16th to Friday 20th October with a family show on Thursday evening 19th October.

To get your tickets, call the Watergate Theatre (056 7761674) or book online  HERE

Bench Tales – There is Always Tomorrow A chance meeting between a young woman and an older man on a park bench may not be all that it seems.  Why has she come here and what is she looking for?  As she attempts to uncover the truth, is she fully prepared for what she might find?

Bench Tales – Pink Makes the Boys Wink A comic, full of heart story about getting old. How time can creep up on us and take us by surprise. A story about three women. One woman’s compassion. One woman’s fear and one woman’s joy in Hello magazine.

Bench Tales – The Last Trip to Tipp  It’s 1994. Lorraine, Emma and Mairead are three friends heading in very different directions. Well not literally. Right now, they are all on their way to Féile – and with a line up like Crowded House, Primal Scream, The Prodigy, The Cranberries, Björk, and Blur – the craic will be fierce. With one mouldy tent, ancient sleeping bags and a fine slab of Lindon Village cans, they wait on a lift from their flaky friend, Suzanne – who’s late as usual.


Over the two years of lockdown Barnstorm developed a number of exciting projects with writers, actors and directors from the region with the Confinement Monologues and Love In Lockdown both online and live.

Bench Tales was conceived as an innovative way of presenting live theatre to a socially distant audience and there were 25 script ideas from the initial call-out which was refined to the three plays you witness today. Challenging doesn’t cover it, but excitement and discovery is the overall feeling for over 30 of us involved in making Bench Tales an intriguing and somewhat voyeuristic experience for all.

Barnstorm is delighted to work in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival team in the process of making this project a reality.

Dates                                      Mon 14th to Sat 19th Aug 2023

Times                                      11:00, 13:00 (lunchtime) & 15:00

Running Time                        approx. 80 minutes

Ticket prices                          €20 (€17 concession)

Where                                     3 locations in Castle Park (check with KAF)

Three of many writers were chosen to develop their ideas with support and guidance from Barnstorm and to ultimately produce the plays in 2024. For Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 young people will explore elements of the three scripts in a process to support the development of the young writers’ plays.

On Saturday 10 June we will work with  3 plays  3 workshops   8-15 young actors   2 facilitators  +  you

Each session will work on one of the plays from the Triptych

Where: Barnstorm Studio, 3 John’s Quay, Kilkenny R95T382

Session 1             11:00 – 12:00

Session 2             14:00 – 15:00

Session 3             17:00 – 18:00

Phone 0567751266 to book a place to observe or contribute to the play development process

This project is funded by the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme 2023.



Following the amazing success of its inaugural lunchtime theatre presentation last summer, Barnstorm has another treat for Kilkenny audiences who will be spellbound by Tennessee William’s classic short play ‘Something Unspoken’ this June

“Williams’ masterpiece, which delves into the depth of forbidden love, is an emotional rollercoaster, and this Kilkenny production has been an absolute pleasure to develop” says Joanne Hennessy who directs. “We chose this piece in response to Pride Month in Kilkenny and we are looking forward to sharing the work with everyone.”

Two stalwarts of local theatre, Mags Whitely and Natasha Murray are set to present the new show in Barnstorm’s studio theatre in a lunchtime offering that should entertain and intrigue audiences. Both actors have a long history in the Kilkenny theatre community, having been part of the Barn Owl Players for many years. This lunchtime performance of ‘Something Unspoken’ will be no exception. Whitely and Murray have already earned the praises of their peers for their professional and committed approach to their craft.

Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams, is set in Meridian, Louisiana in 1958. In the opening scene we find Cornelia Scott, a southern aristocrat, and her widowed secretary, Grace Lancaster. A new age is approaching the Southern aristocracy, and as a result, Cornelia is struggling to keep up with the changes and how to navigate them.

Grace has been Cornelia’s secretary and companion for 15 years, but lately their relationship has become ambiguous.

Cornelia wants to discuss the truth of their hidden emotions, but tensions build as Grace finds it difficult to express her feelings. She has been holding it all in for far too long, and now she is struggling to face the truth. Cornelia is determined to have an honest conversation with Grace, and to finally address the feelings that have been so carefully hidden away for over a decade.

This one-act play is the perfect way to take a break from the office and enjoy a light lunch while being entertained. The performance lasts only 45 minutes, so our office workers can easily fit it into their lunch break and be back in plenty of time.

Tickets are €17 and includes lunch which is presented by the Home Rule Club.; and can be booked HERE

Dates: Limited run from Mon 19th to Sat 24th June  at 1pm daily

Barnstorm Theatre Company are delighted to announce our 2023 Youth Drama Camp for young people this summer. Develop confidence & interpersonal skills through drama and have some fun…    Age 8 – 14 yrs


Mon 10 – Fri 14 July 2023

8 – 10 years (Mornings) 10am – 1pm

11 – 14 years (Afternoons) 2pm – 5pm


Just €100 10% concessions for siblings – Apply PROMO CODE: Sibling-BT

BOOK on Eventbrite HERE

For further information contact us on 056 7751266 or email

Following last year’s successful run of XIV, Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre return to Ionad Dara, Goresbridge with their annual production. This year they bring their version of William Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth to the stage.

Macbeth tells the story of the tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth, whose ambition causes him to abandon his morals and bring about the near destruction of the kingdom he seeks to rule.

The cast of Macbeth includes Matthew Hickey, Chris Power, Liam O’Neill, Anna Eustace, Diarmuid Maher, Eoin Cleary, Medha Trehan, Nell Snyder, Anna Purcell Duff, Ruby Woods, Matthew Downey, Lara Strauss, Jack Hoyne, Helen Doran, Katie Lawlor, Aoibhne Murphy, Aislin Konings Ferrari, Rionach Brady and Charlotte Lockwood Hutchinson.

Macbeth is running on Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th at 8pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm, in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, R95 D654.


Tickets are €12.50 /€10 (Under 18’s) and can be booked online HERE


Barnstorms’ Adult Theatre Club is starting in 2023 with a one-year part-time programme, Theatre Production Skills.

The ATC, originally a 2-year course, was first introduced in 2007 in answer to many requests from adults in the region who wanted to know more about theatre and how to make a performance. With a maximum of 14 members each year the alumni from successive groups (2007-2015) formed the Barn Owl Players which has remains a vibrant local amateur theatre company that still creates its own unique blend of theatre and theatrical happenings from Tennessee Williams, to John B Keane and from One-Act Festivals to full length plays.

The 2023 Adult Theatre Club will act as an introduction to local adults who wish to explore, investigate and create theatre as a hobby.

With the support of Kilkenny’s professional theatre company behind the club, this really is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and dynamic programme of both training and performances. In the past, club members have experienced training in everything from improvisation, basic acting and stagecraft to theatre directing and scriptwriting.

“The Adult Theatre Club is an ideal way of introducing anyone new to acting and theatre in a fun environment; as well as offering local actors a means of honing their skills.” says new Participation and Education Officer Jo Hennessy. “No experience is necessary just a keen interest, an open mind and a willingness to try new things” she says.

If you are interested fill in an online Registration Form by Friday 27 January. You can also contact Jo, 056 7751266 or, to get a Registration Form

The first session is on the 2 February and every Thursday evening thereafter from 7.00 to 9.00pm at 3 Johns Quay, Kilkenny R95 T382. Booking is essential, as places are limited.



After two years of working online, Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre were back in person and delighted to bring their production of XIV (Fourteen) to a live audience.

Originally devised by Sharon Cromwell and Droichead Youth Theatre, XIV is set in ancient Rome and takes place on the day of Liberius’ 14th birthday; the same day the Roman army arrive home from their victory in Britannia. However, the celebrations are short-lived as blood and secrets are spilled, erupting in a catastrophic climax for all involved. Alea Iacta Est.

Director: Rosey Hayes 

Barnstorm is delighted to present this captivating production in the enchanted surroundings of the boot factory Padmore and Barnes of Kilkenny from the 30th November to 16th December.


This is a short and caring story about a Christmas gift and based on one of the very few traditional fairy tales with a Christmas theme. The poor shoemakers receive some unexpected help just when they need it most. Based on the Grimms’ fairytale, “The Elves and the Shoemakers” by Mike Kenny is for children aged 4-9 years and tells the tale of two kind elves who help two penniless shoemakers out of their troubles and back on their feet. Presented to small audiences in the intimate surroundings of the Shoemakers’ Shop, this is a delightful introduction to theatre for very young audiences.

Teachers’ Resources

A digital resource pack is available to participating teachers. Linked to the SPHE syllabus, the pack provides a focus for exploration and discussion of themes raised through the play.

Download Teachers resource pack here